Sunday, October 9, 2005
And so we draw the final curtain...

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Once again, yet another successful Boobie-Thon is in the books! We blazed by last year's total take by almost $550! That's simply amazing considering the number of charitable organizations needing aid this year.

Our total amount raised in 2005 was $9240.40 — $7885.00 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation — and $1355.40 for the American Red Cross. Since beginning in 2002, we've raised over $26,000 total for breast cancer and blogger charities. Not too shabby for something that started as a "blog-joke" between friends. To everyone that linked and donated to the cause, thanks just doesn't seem to be enough!

I'd also like to note that we had almost 600 female and nearly 50 male photographs submitted to our photo sampler page* this year. And close to 300 photos were submitted to the pay-per-boobies page (access granted for those who donated $50 or more). Never in our wildest dreams... You all are truly amazing!


Last but certainly not least, no "thank you" would ever be complete without mentioning the volunteers who worked tirelessly around the clock making sure everything ran as smoothly as humanly possible. Of course we had our minor bumps and bruises along the way — but they all kept things together so you, the site viewer, never had a clue. An extra-special thanks go out to my coordinators Lisa (my rock and co-coordinator in 2006), Maggie (my therapist), Luka (who I will meet for margaritas soon), Mikey (who got more than he bargained for this year), and SJ (who knows it's tricky to rock a rhyme but did it all for the publicity anyway). Look over in the sidebar and check out our editor and coordinator's websites. And tell them all THANK YOU for a job well done!


You don't even have to ask if we'll be back next year for the fifth annual event. Of course we will! Bigger, and better! So stay tuned to this page for updates starting in September of 2006. We can't wait to see you then!

-Robyn
Boobie-Thon event coordinator

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Saturday, October 8, 2005
Don't dream it's over...

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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us in this year's 'Thon. I'm happy to report that we've already blown by last year's total take, and we still have just under 8 more hours to accept donations.

We close up shop at 11:59 p.m. EDT tonight. Keep your eye on the photo sampler page* (and pay-per-boobies page for $50+ donors) for new updates all day — and night — long! New photos are accepted through 10 p.m. EDT tonight.

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Friday, October 7, 2005
Down the homestretch

We're closing in on donor #150, and also the $8K mark in total donations. So that brings us to our next "pink light special"...

The first person to be donor #150 — and also the first person to push us over the $8K mark — will both receive access to our (uncovered) pay-per-boobies page regardless of their donation amount. Will it be you? DONATE and see!


UPDATE: The $8K mark has now been reached (thank you!) and a donor has already received the login for the pay-per-boobies page. One login remains up for grabs, regardless of amount donated, for our 150th donor. DONATE now to see if it will be you!


UPDATE 2: We now have our 150th donor! Both logins have now been handed out. Thanks everyone!

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S.A.T.U.R.   D.A.Y.    Night!

Believe it or not, we're in the final two days of the 'Thon -- things officially wrap up at 11:59 p.m. EDT this Saturday night! That's tomorrow night for those of you playing along with the home game.

We just had our 500th photo submission to the photo sampler page* yesterday — and we've also broken through $7K mark in total donations!

If you have the time, please put up one final reminder on your blogs and websites sometime today that people are almost out of time to get their photos and donations in, and now is the time to quit putting it off for later. Because there won't be a "later" much longer! We have link-images here if you need them.

To quote our history page, "A huge thanks to those who have supported us through the years — be it with their volunteer-time, link-support, word of mouth, photo submissions, monetary donations and / or words of encouragement. All are equally appreciated and we couldn't do it without you!"

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Pod people

Do you listen to the Accident Hash podcast? And if not...please 'splain why! Well they've stepped up and donated our very own Public Service Announcement to this year's Boobie-Thon (click here to listen - authored by our amazing press coordinator SJ - voice over by Renamarie of the Bandtrax podcast - music donated by Madsumo). Not only that, it's been submitted to air on other popular podcasts, and will also air at 9 p.m. EDT tomorrow on Sirius 103. Be there or be square... Thanks again, Accident Hash!

And don't forget our special offer for the 100th donor (offer now taken)!

UPDATE: Our PSA was also heard on "Rock & Roll Geek Indiecast"!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Doing our patriotic duty

We've added a new page to the "Browse Our Site Archives" section of the sidebar...a Military Pics* gallery! So let's get creative — you can take pics in camo, with the flag, wearing dog tags, or busting out of uniform. Whatever. If it fits the theme, send 'em in*! Since we have a lot of hits coming in from military locations, we figured it was the least we could do to say "thank you"...

We're also nearing the 100 mark on the donors list. Lucky donor #100, regardless of amount sent, will receive the login and password for the pay-page (now handed out!). Will it be you? Check out a sneak-peek on the sampler page* to see what you're missing!

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Monday, October 3, 2005
Sisters are doin' it for themselves

This has been a record-breaking day here at the 'Thon. In our fourth day of operations, we've already cracked the $4K barrier with a bullet (and the night is still young)! And over on the photos page*, photo #300* was posted earlier this afternoon (with many more added since). And stay tuned because there are at least a couple-dozen more in the queue to come!

That doesn't even begin to address the new additions over at the pay-page (password access granted with your donation of $50 or more).

So what are you waiting for? View*. Donate. We haven't even reached the half-way mark of this event yet!

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Sunday, October 2, 2005
Do I hear $5? Do I hear $10?

We're running a Boobie-Thon pink light special right now!

The next five donors (all gone!) who give $5 or more to either charity, Komen or Red Cross, will get the password access to the pay-page with uncovered photos (with proof of receipt). [UPDATE: The $5+ donor passwords mentioned here have all been handed out.]

We appreciate each and every monetary donation equally, regardless of amount. Don't be afraid to donate whatever you can! Let's see those totals and donor numbers really pumped up tonight!

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All the news that's fit to print

Just a quick note that the 2005 Boobie-Thon is now featured in today's edition of The Chicago Tribune. Registration is required, so you can see screencaps on our "press features" page.

Huge kudos to our 2005 press coordinator SJ for already nabbing us two major national news articles the first weekend of the event!

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Poppin' fresh

There are so many new pictures on the photos page, you'll definitely want to go see for yourself. Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures so far! My inbox was filled to the breaking point (literally, I'm afraid) but we're back on track now. If you like what you're seeing, then go make a donation. Thanks to each and every one of you for your patience and support!

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Saturday, October 1, 2005
But wait...there's more!

We need $10 to push us above the $2K mark in just our first day of official operations! By contrast, only $1610.00 total was raised during the entire first annual Boobie-Thon*!

So...the first person to push us above the $2K mark...regardless of donation amount will get access to the pay page with proof of receipt (new photos recently posted)!

UPDATE: Donation made. Access granted. New donation totals to be updated ASAP!



Also, we have a lot of new pics up at the photo sampler page* so check them out as well!



UPDATE 2: We've now been FARK'ed and MeFi'ed (thanks to Michele for the heads-up)!

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One thousand reasons to say thanks

As of our official launch at midnight on October 1, 2005, we had already raised a whopping $1050.40 during our September 30th pre-launch day. That is simply amazing and I'd like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who has already donated, all of our volunteers for working 'round the clock to get everything running smoothly for the official kick-off, everyone who has submitted the photos that keep everyone coming back for more-more-more, and everyone who has linked to the site thus far. We're all looking forward to an incredible week ahead!

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Friday, September 30, 2005
Support can be beautiful

The supporters of the Boobie-Thon are awesome. I just posted the 100th photo to the main photos page! Several recent additions are also featured in our pink ribbon/survivor gallery. Like what you see? Head on over and make a donation!

Not seeing your picture? Go submit one!

Thanks to everyone who sent in early pictures, linked to the site, and offered support through volunteering or spreading the word. And special kudos to Robyn for putting it all together for the fourth year in a row! ::: applause ::: We're off to a great start!

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Good to see y'all again!

PLEASE NOTE: This main page of the site will always remain work-safe with text updates only, as will the RSS feed linked in the sidebar. Only the photos pages aren't work-safe. Links in the sidebar marked with an asterisk (*) are not considered work-safe either.

Welcome to the home of the fourth-annual Blogger Boobie-Thon for charity. And a special "hello" to our visitors from Wired.com! The event officially kicks off on Saturday, October 1, 2005, and will run through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 8, 2005 — although we've opened up a special "preview" version of the site a day early.

For more information on the 2004 event which raised well over $8200 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, go here. And for information on the very first event in 2002 which raised over $1250 for breast cancer research, please go here.

Normally the first $359 donated goes to a "bloggers helping bloggers" charity in the spirit of the original Boobie-Thon. However, this year our secondary charity's proceeds will go directly to The American Red Cross to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, and we are placing no limits on the funds raised for that charity. The remainder of the funds raised will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It is up to you to choose which charity (Komen or Red Cross) you wish to donate to — and what dollar amount you wish to donate to one, the other, or both.

Your donations to both charities are tax deductible, and once again this year the Boobie-Thon is operating in a pledge capacity rather than taking your donations personally.

We took photo submissions early again this year, and already have entries on our photo sampler page (link not work safe). In fact, we've had so many submitted early (over seventy-five!) that some have already scrolled off the sampler page — so make sure to check out the "all photos submitted" page as well (link also not work safe). And this year, we've also split the entries up into girls and guys pics (links also not work safe) for faster viewing. The top of each photo page has a link that will take you to instructions for submitting photos of your own.


Don't forget that once again we also have a private, passworded pay-per-boobie site with bare-boobie photos for donors of $50.00 or more. So what you see isn't all of what you (might) get — we have a high-rollers club, too! Your $50+ donation in 2005 includes access to the pay-photos from 2003 and 2004 as well.

Last but certainly not least... Don't forget to fund a free mammogram today!

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